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The research to be carried out in the field by the SOGICA team members is of paramount importance due to the current paucity of both quantitative and qualitative data and the still predominant legal approach to this theme. In addition to the documentary analysis of – inter alia – international, European and domestic case-law, policy documents, NGO reports, and case files, the analysis will be based on:

  • 30 non-participant contextual observations (in the form of observations of SOGI asylum judicial hearings);
  • 120 interviews (40 in each country) with policy-makers, decision-makers, members of the judiciary, legal representatives, NGO activists and SOGI asylum-seekers;
  • 12 focus-groups with SOGI asylum-seekers (at least three in each country).

Great care has been given in designing the methodology to ensure that the empirical data will be sufficiently extensive and representative to achieve SOGICA’s objectives and provide valid answers to the research questions.

SOGICA is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in this research, in accordance with ethical codes developed within the University of Sussex, which abides by a very rigorous ethical procedure. SOGICA also complies with national ethical procedures endorsed by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and with the European Research Council ethics regulations and codes. Approval from the University of Sussex’ Ethics Committee will be obtained in the project’s first year.

In the spirit of knowledge exchange, we are keen to collaborate with research participants and stakeholders throughout the project, and we are trying to make this engagement a genuinely two-way process. We hope that our database of resources on this website will be useful for asylum-seekers, practitioners and researchers alike. We would be happy to give presentations about the project, contribute to workshops and training, or support European SOGI, refugee and migrant organisations in other ways through our work.

If you would like to be involved, directly or indirectly, in the fieldwork research, or would like us to support your organisation, then please contact the SOGICA team.